Thursday, January 21, 2016

New car2go microstalls coming to Calgary

Starting tomorrow, Calgarians will see some innovative new parking stalls pop up in and around Calgary’s downtown core. In total, 150 car2go microstalls will be made available to the car-sharing company’s members in 2016.

The spots will be located mostly in the downtown core and the Beltline and can be found on certain street corners and other curb space where a regular sized car would not fit. Installation for these stalls begins Friday, January 22 and will be officially rolled out over the next few months.

The City’s Traffic division conducted safety reviews at each microstall location to ensure that all traffic engineering and safety standards were met before the installation of each stall. The height and width of car2go smart cars allows motorists to still see oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

“Over 2015, we explored solutions to create hundreds of additional parking spots downtown, including such measures as angled parking, off-peak parking and designated stalls for small car-share vehicles,” Traffic engineer, Yeats Wong said. “Our goal is to optimize the space we have to provide Calgarians with more on-street parking options in the core.”

Car-sharing helps reduce the strain on Calgary’s parking infrastructure. The shared vehicles are small and eco-friendly and reduce the number of individual, full-sized vehicles in the core. The goal for this pilot project is to open up more spots for regular-sized cars by providing space specifically for car2go smart cars where regular sized cars won’t fit.

After working with car2go and the Calgary Parking Authority, a parking agreement between car2go and The City was finalized late last year.  Only registered microcars with a valid permit are allowed to use the new microstalls. So far, only two-door car2go vehicles have been issued these permits. However, this doesn’t mean that car2go users can only park in these new microstalls. They are encouraged to use them if they are available but will still be allowed to park in areas where on-street parking is legal.

“At The City we’re always looking at new, innovative solutions to make it easier for Calgarians to get around,” Wong said. “Data collected from this pilot will provide us with more information for future car-share and commercial parking policies.”

Lines for these stalls were painted last year. Once signage has been installed at a microstall location, two-door car2go vehicles will be able to park on-street in these microstalls.

7 comments:

  1. Why are taxpayers footing the bill for the $25,000 cost of this Pilot Project that is only benefitting Car2Go? And why would shop owners that rely on customers having access to their shops want a Car2Go parking spot outside of their establishment, when these vehicles are only there for someone to use the cars service, rather than accessing the shop? This doesn't make sense!

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    1. car2go has a contract with The City for parking payment. This program is meant to free up more space for regular sized cars as all the microstalls have been created in locations where parking did not previously exist. By freeing up those regular stalls for paying customers, The City will have recouped the cost of installation in a matter of weeks.

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    2. Think about it. If there's a space in front of a store that is not big enough for a regular to park, then the shop owner is not losing anything, is he? In fact, he stands to gain from having car2go users able to park outside the store. As for the cost, it's the city that's interested in freeing up parking space.

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  2. Why are these limited to car2go vehicles? There are plenty of private two-door vehicles as well as motorbikes that would fit the category of a micro-vehicle. Not to be a conspiracist but this seems highly targeted to benefit car2go as opposed to general citizens. Perhaps I'm overlooking something?

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    1. This program is intended to encourage car-sharing and free-up regular sized paid parking spots for non car2go users. Only a registered microcar with a valid permit may use the microstalls. So far, only two-door car2go vehicles have been issued this permit.

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  3. As a taxpaying citizen of Calgary, I would like to see the full agreement between CPA and car2go. Where can I view that?

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    1. Here's some info that may help answer any questions you might have: http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/Roads/Pages/Traffic/Parking-management/microstall-parking.aspx

      You can also find contact information for CPA on their website.

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